Two of my favorite books in the Oakland Public Library children's collection are Thank You by Felicia Walker and Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. The gratitude expressed is with different words and for different things, but it is real and heartfelt. It occurs to me that this is a good time of the year for giving thanks.
So, here goes. Thank you to the tens of thousands of children and parents who come through our doors to participate in storytimes, attend one of our programs, play our Summer Reading Game, use the computers, and find books for research or to simply enjoy. Your enthusiasm and appreciation bring joy every day.
Thank you to all the teachers who bring in classes. Sometimes you walk far but you bring them. Your commitment to your students and their life-long learning is wonderful, full of wonder.
Thank you to the writers of all the fabulous books we have here. I am overwhelmed with the abundance.
Thank you to the incredible staff of Oakland Public Library. I have worked at places with more resources, but I've never worked with a more committed, imaginative, and creative group of people. I am honored to work here.
And thank you to the residents of Oakland. Through these past years, your support has kept all our libraries open. It has meant that we can offer new books, electronic resources, Wi-Fi, museum passes, streaming music, summer lunches at eleven branches, and work with other departments of the city and local agencies to enrich the lives of the children of Oakland.
There is lots to be thankful for.